How To Use Clorox To Drain A Clogged Tub
Working drains, wheeee!
I'll admit it. My ability to keep up with household chores is on par with that of a dead mouse. My philosophy being that if it is barely working, don't fix it. But recently my tub stopped up and I had no money to call a plumber. The method below worked for me and may work for you, but please read the thoughtful disclaimer.
DISCLIAMER: I am not a certified plumber. This method combines two of my loving aunty's rather annoying, er, I mean extremely helpful ideas into one useful kit and kaboodle. Never use any household product in a manner not suggested in the bottle, never try spa baths in your own home if you don't want to clean the God awful mess out of your tub I did.
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Clorox! - Cleaning on the cheap!
Clorox is gentle enough to use in diluted forms as baths for certain skin ailments, but I use it for everything else under the sun. One bottle replaces harsh and hazardous drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, bathroom cleaners, you get the picture.
Just wear gloves and old clothes and spot test surfaces for color fastness as you clean. I orders six bottles, two each for the areas I clean most often.
I couldn't be happier with my six bottles and I use it everywhere and to replace drain cleaners and other products! TIP: Read the label! Clorox is powerful enough to require being flushed out of your pipes. If you have ever dissolved white clothes with too much bleach you hear me.
How To Use Clorox To Drain A Clogged Tub
Cleaning the Clogged Tub
Please note: This method only works if you have already plunged the drain to the point where water drains, however slowly. If it refuses to drain at all I suggest Draino or another powerful cleaner. The drain was taking several hours to drain a full tub at the time the method was used. After it drained in under three minutes.
- Once the tub is drained pour one cup steaming hot water into the drain. My stopper will not come out, so I just kept it open and poured around it. Plunge. Clean up any debris that comes up, and be warned it will not smell pretty. This step will take a while to drain.
- Pour in Clorox, about one cup, let stand five to fifteen minutes. Plunge again, cleaning up any debris, let drain. Try to ignore the smell. Now you know why plumbers charge so much, don't you?
- Pour in one cup steaming hot water to flush to Clorox from your pipes. DO NOT skip this step. You don't want the Clorox sitting in your pipes. Plunge if needed, let drain.
- Several hours later, repeat steps one through three, plunging if needed. The water on the last step should drain quickly. You might smell a soap smell as any soap clogging your pipes is melted away by the hot water and Clorox. You'll know it worked if your tub roars like thunder the next time it drains. I hadn't heard that sound in years!
Things that clog drains:
Human or animal hair, soap, dirt from your bath, face mask clay, dirt from your outdoor chores, anything and everything. I found leaves from a spa treatment bag I thought I'd tied tightly, hair, soap residue and strange bits of stuff that looked like moss. Gross!
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Basic, but gets the job done. You will need a plunger at some point around the house. Clogged sinks, toilets, showers, other drains. Not the most glam of tools, but they do come in chic and even spooky designs.
Good for most household chores. You seriously do need some type of gloves. Do not learn the hard way and end up with skin or nail damage. Especially if the label says to wear gloves, wear them.
When all else fails Draino works. There are countless types of Draino for specialized clogs, so try and suss out your problem and get the right tool for the job.
Cleaning the bathtub
Want to go green? You can also try...
Try boiling water first to help melt fatty, greasy clogs. Hot water can also help keep pipes open after clogs have been removed. You may also try baking soda and white vinegar in a pinch.